Australia's Victoria struggles to contain Covid-19

Australia's Victoria struggles to contain Covid-19

Regardless of their health status, people must stay in the quarantine for two weeks before they're allowed to leave.

Thirty new cases of Covid-19 were identified in Victoria overnight following a testing blitz that is underway in hotspot suburbs.

Following increased cases in Victoria, where the number of new coronavirus diagnoses has grown by double-digits every day for the past week, NSW has announced it will turn away football fans from the southern state. It was too early to say why some people were not taking up testing offers, she said, but public health teams were collecting that data.

Mr Murphy said on Friday that states and territories had the power to hold a traveller in quarantine until they were able to produce a negative test.

"We are testing the entire cohort of workers, because it is a very large group of workers and we really don't want to take any chances with our essential food suppliers at this point in time", she said. "I feel most individuals will cooperate with that arrangement".

However, the announcement that testing is optional has angered some in the community.

Australian Defence Force medical and support personnel are understood to have arrived in Victoria to help the state's efforts.

Dr van Diemen was asked by a reporter whether the recent spike in cases in Victoria represents a "second wave".

Premier Daniel Andrews said people in quarantine will be tested twice - firstly on day three and then again on day 11 of the 14-day quarantine period.

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Since 29 March, 105 of those symptomatic returned travellers have been found positive.

The remaining 5 new instances are returned travellers in lodge quarantine, the division stated in a press release.

All shut contacts of the man, from the Penrith space, have been contacted and the case is beneath investigation, NSW Health stated on Saturday.

Eight cases are linked to known outbreaks and one was detected in hotel quarantine.

Victoria's coronavirus tally has risen to 1987 after 41 new cases were recorded on Saturday. A complete of 58 instances are being handled by NSW Health, with none in intensive care.

It follows the closure of a school in southwest Sydney after a year 7 student tested positive for COVID-19.

A testing clinic has been set up at Camden Hospital anyone linked to Camden High School who has been unwell or has flu-like symptoms has been urged to get tested.

The contaminated scholar is believed to have attended college all week.

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